Thanksgiving Planning: Cocktails + Bar Set Up

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When it comes to planning a great Thanksgiving meal, the bar + cocktail setup is one of the first things you should get figured out!

Today we are sharing with you some of our favorite cocktail recipes to make for a holiday dinner, as well as some tips for setting up a bar for your guests.

First up, drink recipes:

For a cocktail is that perfectly festive, try our Pumpkin Caipirinha — The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, so naturally, we love to have a recipe that is a twist on this classic drink, and is perfect for the season!

For the whiskey lover at your party, try kicking off the evening by offering this Blackberry Whiskey Smash — It has muddled fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar and is a perfectly light drink.

Our next cocktail of choice comes from Liquid Chef Rob Floyd and is his Piña en Fuego. A little bit sweet and just the right amount of spicy, this one hits all the right notes! Just be careful to not over-muddle your jalapeño – otherwise, your drink will become bitter.  Simply press it until you hear it crunch.

A delicious blend of vodka, pear and fresh rosemary, The Silk Tie Martini is a classy twist on a traditional favorite. For an added ‘wow factor’, we suggest freezing your martini glasses before serving.

Once you have got your drink menu all set, it’s time to pay attention to the bar. Whether you are making drinks or you set up a serve-yourself station, there are some essentials that you will need to have:

• Create a designated space for your bar so everything stays in one spot.

• Have plenty of water for both cocktails and dinner.

• Add a tray of sliced fruits so your guests can add to their glasses.

• Club soda is a great and inexpensive way to add sparkling water to your get together.

• Add a variety of mixers and spirits so guests can also make their own beverage of choice.

• Have extra glasses and all your tools on hand (think ice bucket, tongs and stirring spoons)

• Buy extra cocktail napkins — You always need more than you think you will!

• Don’t forget the ice!

• Make your bar a little festive by adding some flowers, greenery or holiday decor.

Cheers! And enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? Try our Appetizer Ideas or our Soup Selections.

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